Last week we saw the peculiar experience of John Rigby & Co. during the British lockdown, now we have a look at another great firm from London: James Purdey & Sons. Here we’re invited to stay safe at home (yeah, we may have heard it already…) and we are offered the chance to pass the time learning a few details of the high end gunmaking trade. The upcoming live video, on the company’s Instagram page, will feature an overview of the barrel making process.
Here the invitation to the event from Purdey’s “Transformation Manager” Tom Nicholls:
View this post on Instagram
Stay home with Purdey. ⠀ ⠀ Join us next Thursday, 25th June at 7.00pm BST for our second Instagram Live video – stay connected with us from the safety of your home. ⠀ ⠀ Our Transformation Manager Tom Nicholls will be taking you on the journey of bespoke gunmaking. We will start by showing you barrel making in our live video.⠀ ⠀ We look forward to seeing you soon!
We don’t know if the barrel making will cover shotguns or rifles, as the firm offers great examples of both, nevertheless the topic is definitely interesting. While it won’t reveal any trade secrets, hopefully it will show directly most of the steps of the process and maybe something about traditional approaches now rare, such as the crafting of damascus barrels.
This series was launched last month with the first episode being a hour long “Gun Maintenance Tutorial”. The video can still be found at the link below:
Just to let the readers not familiar with the brand understand what we are talking about, here below, we have a small selection of photos from their website. The product portfolio is quite extensive with several different platforms of shotguns, double rifles (side by side) and bolt action rifles.
The New Bolt-Action Rifle is particularly interesting as it implements modern features in a very classy package. The “Purdey Chassis System” is a titanium frame completely hidden within the wooden stock, allowing a rigid mating between stock and action and leaving the barrel free floating. The result, according to the manufacturer, is a rifle offering the quality and beauty of the past with accuracy of a modern platform. Yours starting from £29,500 + VAT.
All images from www.purdey.com.